There are many reasons why you might want to replace your tub with a walk in shower. Maybe you’re looking for a more accessible bathroom, or you want to update the look of your space. Whatever your reasons, this guide will show you how to remove a tub and replace it with a walk in shower.
Tools and Materials
Assuming you would like a detailed content section for the subheading “Tools and Materials” for the blog article “How to Remove a Tub and Replace with a Walk-in Shower”:
In order to remove a tub and replace it with a walk-in shower, you will need the following tools:
-1/8 inch drill bit
And the following materials:
-(2) 4×8 foot sheets of exterior grade plywood, thickness should be at least 5/8 inches
-(24) 2×4 studs at 8 feet in length each
-(1) Roll of 15 lb. felt paper
-(1) Roll of 30 lb. Asphalt saturated organic felt paper
-(1) 6 mil polyethylene sheeting, 12×100 feet roll (2) 50lb bags of Portland cement mix (3) 50lb bags of sand mix (1) 80lb bag of Perlite or Vermiculite (6) 50lb bags of masonry mortar mix Type S (2 tubes) 10.1 oz. PVC pipe adhesive
Removal of the Tub
Assuming you would like tips for removing a tub and replacing it with a walk-in shower, the following advice should be useful. First, it is recommended that you hire a professional to remove the tub since it can be a tricky and dangerous job. If you choose to do it yourself, be sure to take all the proper safety precautions. Second, once the tub is removed, you will need to install a new shower pan in its place. This can be done by either hiring a professional or doing it yourself. Third, once the shower pan is installed, you will need to install new tile or other flooring material in the shower area. Again, this is something that is best left to a professional. Finally, once the flooring is in place, you can install your new walk-in shower.
Installing the Shower Base
Assuming you have the tools and materials ready, follow these steps to install your new shower base.
1. Start by shutting off the water to the area.
2. Remove the old tub and any caulking or sealant around it.
3. Clean the area thoroughly so that there is no debris or dirt before installing the new base.
4. Place the new base in the opening, level it, and then mark where you will need to make cuts for pipe fittings or other obstacles.
5. Make any necessary cuts and then set the base in place again.
6. Use silicone caulk or another type of sealant to create a watertight seal between the base and the walls or flooring.
7. Once the sealant is dry, turn on the water and test out your new shower!
Finishing the Installation
Assuming you have already gutted your bathroom and removed your tub, you are now ready to finish the installation of your walk in shower.
1. If you are using a prefabricated shower base, place it in the desired location and mark the outline with a pencil.
2. Use a level to make sure the base is level before proceeding with installation.
3. If you are not using a prefabricated base, you will need to build a shower pan. This can be done by pouring concrete or constructing a wooden frame that will support a liner and drain.
4. Once the shower base is in place, install the waterproof liner according to manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure the liner extends past the lip of the shower base and up the wall about 6 inches.
5. Install tile or another type of waterproofing material on the walls of your shower, extending up past the lip of the shower base about 6 inches as well.
6. Install your drain according to manufacturer’s instructions, then hook up your plumbing fixtures (shower head, faucets, etc.)
7. Caulk all joints between tile or other wall materials and trim, being careful to seal any gaps where water could potentially leak through.
8 Allow caulk and grout to dry completely before using your new walk-in shower!
Removing a tub and replacing it with a walk in shower is not as difficult as one might think. With the right tools and some basic knowledge, this project can be completed in a few hours. Be sure to take the necessary precautions when working with plumbing and electrical components, and always consult a professional if you are unsure of something. With a little effort, you can turn your bathroom into an oasis of relaxation.